Social enterprises are growing rapidly, in the way they develop and implement service based products – their value chain is evident in their ongoing success and the developments to increase the numbers of these and similar initiatives, across Europe and the African continent.
Social Enterprises are self-propelled, usually deliver an innovation and are specifically about connecting people and processes – locally, regionally and globally. Similarly, Africans Rising as a process to develop a Pan-African movement for justice, peace & dignity – is posited as a volunteer driven, self-motivated and eventually self-sustaining movement.
Throughout the Boatcamp 2017 process; parallels between the stated objectives and intentions of Africans Rising and the social enterprises were evident and, it is critical that Africans Rising should consider in it’s development the opportunities presented by social enterprises; as a basis for ways of working, ongoing development and ultimately for the actual sustainability of the movement.
In this regard, the major highlight of the learning experience of Boatcamp 2017 in respect of the partnerships & sustainability functions of Africans Rising related to two major themes with consequent impacts for the ways of working and scheduling aspects of the movements work; Firstly, social enterprises are technologically savvy – they not only use technology to deliver their product but it is evident in the way they appear unfazed by what does not exist and simply push on to the stage where what did not exist where they started, is now a common feature. The REFUNITEcase in particular where an entire platform has been built out of existing social and other media services connecting over 600 thousand people globally - it’s a prime example of the radical thinking and ways of working needed and present in social enterprises.
Secondly, Boatcamp 2017 highlighted the fact that several services, initiatives and products are available or being developed that present leveraging opportunities for the movement. These are both for the process of increasing movement actions in relation to the Kilimanjaro Declaration and in particular as plugins to the overall sustainability process. These two elements of combining a technology-heavy approach with a partnership model based on leveraging the Africans Rising network and passion for development and change, provide fertile experimental opportunities but require some foundational work within Africans Rising. Prime among these initial work packages would be piloting a data project, ensuring that there is ongoing learning and, reliable markers for building alliances with and between social enterprises, the movement and the people engaged in the daily work of building better lives for themselves and others – manifesting the justice, peace and dignity the movement is premised on.
Boatcamp 2017 was more than a boat journey with 400 other people across the Mediterranean sea while immersed in the ideas and mechanics of social enterprises in 2017 – it was an abject lesson that Africans Rising has an opportunity to be a part of the new world – being at the cutting edge of not just technology but at the vanguard of how people are purposing that technology to meet very basic and complex human needs, solve small and large social problems and (ironically for a profit driven sector) – build that better world for more of the world’s peoples, nations and nationalities. In this instance, Africans Rising should grab the opportunity to be part of the future, with both hands.
#25May2017 Launch Report
Two thousand volunteers, partners, supporters and friends organised a total of 300 actions & events in 42 countries on the African continent and the Diaspora, to mark the launch of Africans Rising, united by the hashtags #AfricansRising & #25May2017 On the media front, #AfricansRising & #25May2017 was included in at least 200 local & regional, national & international radio, print, television and online channels on African Liberation Day, 25 May 2017. On Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, SoundCloud, LinkedIn, ThunderClap and www.africans-rising.org #AfricansRising & #25May2017 connected with 10Million other users to mark the launch of a new Pan-Afrikan movement for justice, peace & dignity.